Tommy Lee Is Against Whale Masturbation. Who Isn't?

Mötley Crüe rocker lashes out at SeaWorld over alleged practices used to artificially inseminate killer whales

By Gina Serpe Dec 08, 2010 8:45 PMTags
E! Placeholder Image

It's nice to know that after everything they've been through, Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson still have some things in common.

Like their dedication to animal rights. And their ability to shock. Unless you don't find the topic of whale masturbation particularly alarming.

The Mötley Crüe rocker has taken a page from his ex-wife's creature-lovingbook, penning a scathing letter to Sea World over their treatment of Tilikum, the killer whale responsible for the deaths of three people, including his trainer, this year.

As a result, according to Lee, the whale has been confined to a tank barely bigger than its body and prevented from having any physical contact with trainers. However, there is, per his letter, one notable exception:

"We understand that you refuse to release this frustrated whale because he is your chief sperm bank, and we know from SeaWorld's own director of safety (as well as videos on the web) that the way you get his sperm is by having someone get into the pool and masturbate him with a cow's vagina filled with hot water," he wrote in the letter on behalf of himself and PETA.

"Even during my wildest days with Mötley Crüe, I never could've imagined something so sick and twisted. Simply put, how can SeaWorld claim that trainers no longer have direct contact with this whale when they are jacking him off? That is about as 'direct' as it gets."

As is his letter.

Unfortunately, SeaWorld has heard his concerns, and roundly rejects them—because, according to them, his take on the situation is simply untrue.

"If Mr. Lee's information on Tilikum and SeaWorld's artificial insemination program for killer whales comes from PETA we're not surprised that it's wrong," Fred Jacobs, the VP of Communications for SeaWorld told E! News. "PETA is as careless with facts as they are extreme in their views."

According to Jacobs, 25 of the park's 27 orca calves were conceived naturally, with just two conceived via artificial insemination. However, neither the means in which they collected the sperm, nor the source of said sample, were accurately described in Lee's letter.

And while it may not always be particularly pretty, the method they employ is among the most standard of techniques (and more importantly, there is nary a cow's vagina in sight).

"The process of collecting semen for this process doesn't differ in any meaningful way from the techniques employed in managing livestock or other species from zoological display. Contrary to the charges made by PETA and repeated in Lee's letter, our trainers do not now nor have they ever entered the water with Tilikum for this purpose," Jacobs wrote.

"Lee also contends that semen is collected from Tilikum using a 'cow's vagina filled with hot water.' This is beyond ludicrous. Whatever his views on SeaWorld, Mr. Lee would be wise to spend more time checking his facts."

—Reporting by Ashley Fultz